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Top 10 ALBUMS of 2021 as Rated by Contributors

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Across every known genre in the musicverse, 2021 saw incredible releases from artists new and old proving that pressure really does create diamonds. The pandemic certainly put a strain on every performer’s bottom line but the real bottom line behind every dollar is the artistic inspiration that drives people’s ears to your art. We saw game changing albums in 2021, from Turnstile’s Glow On which may just be the first “dreamcore” album, to Dry Cleaning’s New Long Leg which reinvigorated British post punk with cool feminine ennui. Plenty of Jankysmooth favorites came out with new albums like Viagra Boys’ Welfare Jazz, Shannon and the Clams’ Year of the Spider, Surfbort’s Keep on Truckin’, Angel Du$t’s Yak, and so many more. We discovered new favorites along the way too, like Pixel Grip’s Arena, Magdalena Bay’s Mercurial World, Squid’s Bright Green Field, and so many more. Icons were created in 2021, like Japanese Breakfast after their album Jubilee, Idles after Crawler, and King Woman after Celestial Blues. The list goes on and on, so to make things more concise, our contributors rated their top ten favorite albums of the year. Check it out.

Squid shot by Albert Licano

Publisher, Danny Baraz
  1. Turnstile – Glow On
  2. Black Midi – Cavalcade
  3. Melvins – Working with God
  4. Viagra boys – Welfare Jazz
  5. Pixel Grip – Arena
  6. Squid – Bright Green Field
  7. Tomahawk – Tonic Immobility
  8. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
  9. Crumb – Ice Melt
  10. Shannon and the Clams – Year of the Spider
Viagra Boys

Viagra Boys shot by Dillon Vaughn

Pixel Grip shot by Albert Licano

Editor, Rob Shepyer
  1. Taake – Avvik
  2. Rudimentary Peni – Great War
  3. Carcass – Torn Arteries
  4. Skepticism – Companion
  5. Danny Elfman – Big Mess
  6. Portrayal of Guilt – CHRISTFUCKER
  7. Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY
  8. Ethel Cain – Inbred
  9. Anika – Change
  10. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
Portrayal of Guilt

Portrayal of Guilt shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

Dry Cleaning shot by Albert Licano

Photographer, Taylor Wong
  1. Turnstile – Glow On
  2. Drug Church – Tawny
  3. Angel Du$t – YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs
  4. The Bronx – Bronx VI
  5. Every Time I Die – Radical
  6. Idles – Crawler
  7. Together Pangea – DYE
  8. Playboy Manbaby – Toxic Positivity
  9. Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket
  10. Single Mothers – Pig
Turnstile

Turnstile shot by Taylor Wong

Angel Du$t shot by Taylor Wong

Photographer, Manuel Arredondo
  1. Every Time I Die – Radical
  2. Turnstile – Glow On
  3. Nothing, Nowhere – Trauma Factory
  4. Teenage Wrist – Earth is a Black Hole
  5. The Armed – Ultra Pop
  6. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
  7. Joe Vann – Found in the Smoke
  8. Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic
  9. Fuckin Whatever – self titled
  10. Royal Blood – Typhoons

Japanese Breakfast shot by Manuel Arrendondo

Every Time I Die shot by Pedro Carrera

Author, Dave Unbuckled
  1. Turnstile – Glow On
  2. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
  3. Slaughterhouse – Fun Factory
  4. Angel Du$t – Yak: A Collection of Truck Songs
  5. Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
  6. Czar Face/MF Doom – Super What?
  7. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
  8. Julian Baker – Little Oblivion’s
  9. Spirit of the Beehive – Entertainment Death
  10. Tyler the Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost

Japanese Breakfast shot by Grace Dunn

Mdou Moctar shot by Dillon Vaughn

Photographer, Dillon Vaughn
  1. Magdalena Bay – Mercurial World
  2. Four Stroke Baron – Classics
  3. Lantlos – Wildhund
  4. Violet Cold – Empire of Love
  5. Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon
  6. The Warhorse – Gentle Risks
  7. Good Morning – Barnyard
  8. Porches – All Day Gentle Hold!
  9. Carcass – Torn Arteries
  10. Elder and Kadaver as Eldovar – A Story of Light and Darkness

Magdalena Bay shot by Dillon Vaughn

Carcass

Carcass shot by Dillon Vaughn

Photographer, Albert Licano
  1. Bobby Ramone – Rocket to Kingston
  2. Carcass – Torn Arteries
  3. Slant – 1집
  4. EYEHATEGOD – A History of Nomadic Behavior
  5. Neighborhood Brats – Confines of Life
  6. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
  7. Naked Raygun – Over the Overlords
  8. Spitboy – Body of Work 1990-1995 All the Songs
  9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – B-Sides and Rarities
  10. Section H8 – Welcome to the Nightmare
Eyehategod

Eyehategod shot by Albert Licano

Section H8

Section H8 shot by Albert Licano

Author, Aria Silva-Espinosa
  1. Slowthai – TYRON
  2. Chynna – Drug Opera
  3. JPEGMAFIA – LP!
  4. Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket
  5. N8NOFACE – Bound to Let You Down
  6. HighSchool – Forever at Last
  7. Petey – Other Stuff
  8. Turnstile – Glow On
  9. Ivy Lab – Press Play
  10. Lil Nas X – Montero
JPEGMAFIA

JPEGMAFIA shot by Rodney Campos

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse shot by Jessica Moncrief

Photographer, Rebecca DiGiglio
  1. Chelsea Wolfe & Converge – Blood Moon 1
  2. Idles – Crawler
  3. King Woman – Celestial Blues
  4. Liars – The Apple Drop
  5. Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY
  6. Run For Your Fucking Life – self titled
  7. Satanic Planet  – self titled
  8. Silent – Modern Hate
  9. Sonido De Le Frontera – Sonidero Guerillero
  10. Xiu Xiu – OH NO

Chelsea Wolfe shot by Albert Licano

King Woman shot by Albert Licano

Photographer, Veronika Reinert
  1. Zao – The Crimson Corridor
  2. Azure Ray – Remedy
  3. Knocked Loose – A Tear In The Fabric of Life
  4. Julien Baker – Little Oblivions
  5. Dying Wish – Fragments Of A Bitter Memory
  6. Snail Mail – Valentine
  7. Earth Crisis, Snapcase, Strife – The Return of California Takeover
  8. Lucy Dacus – Home Video
  9. Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God
  10. Taylor Swift – Red
Knocked Loose

Knocked Loose shot by Veronika Reinart

Strife

Strife shot by Taylor Wong

Photographer, Pedro Carrera
  1. Every Time I Die – Radical
  2. Idles – Crawler
  3. Nas – King’s Disease II
  4. Electroforez – 505
  5. Vader – De Profundis
  6. Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic
  7. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Funeral and the Raven
  8. The Black Keys – Delta Kream
  9. J Cole – The Off Season
  10. DMX – Exodus

Idles shot by Pedro Carrera

Every Time I Die shot by Pedro Carrera

Photographer, Anthony Mehlhaff
  1. Soul Glo – DisNigga. Vol 2 and Songs to Yeet at the Sun
  2. Orphan Goggles – Perfect Specimen
  3. Gulch/Sunami – split
  4. Hong Kong Fuck You – Third World Fighting Music
  5. Taqbir – self titled
  6. Surfbort – Keep on Truckin’
  7. Amyl and the Sniffers – Comfort to Me
  8. Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
  9. Big Dumb Face – Christmas in the Cave of Dagoth
Gulch

Gulch shot by Albert Licano

Surfbort

Surfbort shot by Taylor Wong

Author, Jonathan Reyes
  1. Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY
  2. Pictureplane – Dopamine
  3. Ovlov – Bud
  4. Remi Wolf- Juno
  5. Meagan Thee Stallion – Something For The Hotties
  6. Turnstile – Glow On
  7. John Mayer – Sob Rock
  8. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
  9. Men I Trust – The Untourable Album
  10. Brockhampton – Roadrunner New Light New Machine

Pictureplane shot by Albert Licano

Brockhampton

Brockhampton shot by Rodney Campos

Photographer, Grace Dunn
  1. Dove Armitage – Pegasus
  2. Crumb – Ice Melt
  3. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
  4. Andy Shuaf – Wilds
  5. Jurassic Witch – Black Masses and Ashes
  6. Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince
  7. Pachyman – The Return of Pachyman
  8. Sharon Van Etten – Epic Ten
  9. Hooveriii – Water for the Frogs
  10. Riki – Gold

Crumb shot by Grace Dunn

Andy Shauf shot by Manuel Arredondo

 

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